Self-Sustainability of rehabilitated ecosystems following open-cut coal mining in central Queensland
Managing environmental impacts- policy and practice. 20th annual environmental workshop.
2-6 October, 1995
Minerals Council of Australia
ISBN: 909276 61 7
Type of article:
coal mines; open cut mining; mine rehabilitation; revegetation; ecology; botany; central Queensland; reclamation
Rehabilitation after mining increasingly aims to establish self-sustaining ecosystems. Adequate nutrient cycling is recognised as a key indicator of self-sustainability, central to which is the process of litter decomposition. The results of a litterbag study on open-cut coal mines in central Queensland found that weight loss in the first year was determined by litter quality.